My mom found this cookie recipe for Coconut Cranberry Chews in an issue of Sunset Magazine a few years ago, and it has become a staple in our house for the holidays. I made these last night, by myself for the first time, and I’ll just say this: Zack kept coming back for more. And more. And more. Yes, they are amazing and according to my husband, the best cookies I’ve ever made. And so. I highly recommend trying these out- you know, if you like coconut, and orange, and dried cranberries, and happiness.
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp grated orange peel (I used mandarins from our tree and it was delicious! Also, make that a heaping tablespoon, please. Trust me on this)
2 tsp vanilla (again, heaping. I like to double this usually in all cookie recipes, as a rule)
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries (aka Craisins)
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1 1/2 cups butter, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla until smooth.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, then beat on low speed until dough comes together, about 5 minutes. Mix in cranberries and coconut. (I did this with my hands and it worked beautifully.)
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
4. Bake in a 350° oven until cookie edges just begin to brown, 8 to 11 minutes (shorter baking time will yield a chewier cookie; longer baking time will yield a crispier cookie). Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Enjoy and let me know if you try these out!
What’s your favorite cookie to make for the holidays? Share the recipe if you have one! :)
Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne
These sound amazing! I don’t know what it is about cranberry and orange, they just pair so well together :)
YES they so do! It’s pretty much the best combination- you have to try these!!
I love cranberries!! this looks delicious!
Girl. They are incredibly delicious!!
These are my absolute fave! http://joythebaker.com/2008/12/double-chocolate-peppermint-cookies/
I have yet to make them, though. Maybe over the weekend? I also love Christmas sugar cookies. :)
Oh my goodness, those look AMAZINGGG!!
These look delish!!! I might need to add these to my Christmas cookie list this year :)
Yes I highly recommend that you do! They’re so yummy!
I am definitely going to be making these!! Thanks for sharing the recipe :) I have been in the mood for more holiday-ish cookies, so I made these for the first time last week and the hubby and I loved them! http://www.galonamission.com/peppermint-white-chocolate-chip-cookies/
These look SO good! I love coconut, chocolate, and cranberry! Perfection!
Girl, they are amaaazing!
Definitely making these one day soon! I’ve been getting that ‘itch’ to bake and I think I just figured out what I’m going to make!
YES, do make them, and let me know when you do!! :)
I made these and they went together just fine but stayed in balls when I baked them. What did I do wrong??
Hi Pam! You did nothing wrong! They don’t really spread out or anything when baked, so if you want them to be a shape other than a ball, I’d suggest maybe pressing them down before you pop them in the oven? Or maybe make them a tad bigger? Thanks for reading and I hope you liked the cookies! :)
I used to make these as gifts for holidays. Never any survivors. Always asked how they are made. DELISH……
Yes!!! One of my very favorite cookies! A tried and true!